Multicultural Art for Cultural Integration

Tilos Island, Greece
18/08/2020 - 30/08/2020



The Erasmus+ project with the title "Multicultural Art for Cultural Integration" was successfully implemented on Tilos Island (Greece)

The Erasmus+ project with the title "Multicultural Art for Cultural Integration" was successfully implemented on Tilos Island (Greece) from August 18 till August 30, 2020. It was organised by Bridgeworks e.V. (Germany), Echodrama Cultural Group (Greece) and Association Act'DEM (France). It was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, through Jugend für Europa, the National Agency for Erasmus+ for the Youth sector in Germany. Forty (40) multicultural art teachers (in dance, music and theatre) based in Germany, France and Greece, participated in a research project on how to facilitate the cultural integration of marginalised people, including immigrants and refugees, using multicultural art activities as a means of non-formal training.


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OPEN CALL

Multicultural Art for Cultural Integration - Tilos


Bridgeworks e.V. (Germany), Echodrama Cultural Group (Greece) and Association Act'DEM (France) are inviting multicultural art teachers (in dance, music or theatre) to participate in the project "Multicultural Art for Cultural Integration", co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the German national agency Jugend für Europa, on the Greek island of Tilos from August 17 till August 31, 2020 (17-08-2020 and 31-08-2020 will be the travel days). Forty (40) multicultural art teachers (in dance, music and theatre) based in Germany, France and Greece will be given the opportunity to participate in a research project on how to facilitate the cultural integration of marginalised people, including immigrants and refugees, using multicultural art activities as a means of non-formal training.




PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The "Multicultural Art for Cultural Integration" (MACI) project is planned to take place on Tilos Island in Greece from 17-08-2020 till 31-08-2020 (17-08-2020 and 31-08-2020 will be the travel days).
The main aim of the MACI project is to equip the participants (some of them being immigrants and refugees) with competences and methods so as to promote diversity, intercultural dialogue, cultural exchange and cultural integration, as well as to address the needs of marginalised youth, including immigrants and refugees, and facilitate their cultural integration in the European environment.
According to this project, 40 multicultural artists and art teachers in music, dance and theatre (15 based in Germany, 15 based in Greece and 10 based in France), some of them being immigrants and refugees, will meet on the Greek island of Tilos for the following reasons:
- to be trained in integration issues through workshops and seminars,
- to interact with the other participants and to share and exchange ideas,
- to interact with the young immigrants and refugees of the island and experience the integration methods taught during the training seminars,
- to seek ways to develop contemporary multicultural creations in music, dance and theatre incorporating elements of different cultures (including immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures) in contemporary European cultural creations,
- to organise multicultural artistic activities in which the participants together with the young immigrants and refugees of Tilos will participate,
- to be taught new innovative ways to improve the quality of teaching and to support professional development.

The island of Tilos was selected because:
- It has shown remarkable hospitality for the refugees and it has been used as an example of hospitality and integration by UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency).
- The harmonic co-existence between the inhabitants and the refugees will create an example for the youth workers and will become the most appropriate background for the better implementation of the project.
- Its municipal government has expressed an interest in supporting the implementation of this project.

The main needs that this project is seeking to address are:
- the need for the cultural integration of marginalised people,
- the need for generating intercultural and interfaith dialogue, as well as respect for diverse cultures and cultural expressions, using multicultural art as a tool,
- the need to increase the participants’ awareness of cultural integration issues and their capacities in creating multicultural artistic activities which integrate elements of different cultures, including immigrants’ and refugees’ cultures, in contemporary European culture,
- the need to live in Europe whose borders are connected through cultural ties in a peaceful coexistence and cultural integration.

The specific objectives of this project are:
1. to improve the quality of non-formal teaching in youth work, enhancing peer learning and cooperation between organisations in the youth field;
2. to enhance the capacity of organisations and youth workers in their support for young marginalised people, including immigrants and refugees;
3. to foster an intercultural dialogue that intends to be an inspiration for learning about diversity issues;
4. to improve the capacities of the participants in creating contemporary multicultural art pieces incorporating elements of other cultures (including elements of the refugees’ and immigrants’ cultures), thus facilitating the cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in European culture;
5. to improve the skills of participants as far as integration issues are concerned, using as an example the good practice of the local community of Tilos;
6. to help young marginalised people to socialise and express themselves through multicultural artistic activities;
7. to facilitate the integration of young immigrants and refugees in Europe using the experience of those youth workers who are themselves immigrants and refugees.

These objectives are closely following the specific objectives pursued by the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth as expressed in the Erasmus+ program guide. The project addresses the international dimension of Erasmus+ and objectives of the Mobility of Youth Workers Action as it consists of youth workers' training and networking activities through transnational mobility on Tilos.

EXPENSES COVERED

• Travel expenses:
a) For the Germany-based participants: roundtrip airfare Düsseldorf-Rhodes-Düsseldorf, ferry tickets Rhodes-Tilos-Rhodes.
b) For the France-based participants: roundtrip airfare Paris-Rhodes-Paris, ferry tickets Rhodes-Tilos-Rhodes.
c) For the Greece-based participants: roundtrip airfare Athens-Rhodes-Athens, ferry tickets Rhodes-Tilos-Rhodes.

• Meals: breakfast and one main meal every day

• Accommodation in hotels for the whole duration of the project (double and triple hotel rooms).

HOW TO APPLY

Please send email to info@tilosproject2020.com with the following information.
1. Full name
2. Address (including postal code, city and country)
3. Phone number (including country code)
4. Website (if applicable)
5. A curriculum vitae with an emphasis on your experience related to the training course
6. An explanation why you are interested in participating in this project and what needs do you expect to cover by taking part in this project.
In addition, those of you who are immigrants or refugees please provide a short description of your experience related to your status and to your adjustment in the host country and indicate whether you have a stay permit in the E.U. and also permission to travel throughout the E.U.

Submissions are due by June 25, 2020

CRITERIA FOR THE SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS

• Availability and expression of interest for participation in the project
• to have experience in working with young people
• to be multicultural art teachers
• to be educated and experienced enough in order to be able to contribute constructively in professional development learning experience that will be organised in the framework of the MACI project
• to be interested in working with immigrants and refugees or to have experience in working with them and in promoting cultural integration
• to be committed to the transfer of knowledge and skills to other professionals and to further exploit the learning outcomes
• to be interested in the subjects of the proposed seminars and workshops and be motivated to lifelong learning and professional development
• good knowledge of English language
• gender balance
• 15 participants to be immigrants or refugees in the countries of the participating organisations: six (6) based in Germany, four (4) based in Greece and five (5) based in France.



The "Multicultural Art for Cultural Integration" project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the German national agency Jugend für Europa.

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